ot the entire Ballpark Village next to the home of the Cardinals will have a dress code. But eight of the village’s bars and restaurants have dress codes. The village opened Thursday.

We applaud the businesses that have established dress codes. Sloppy attire cheapens business places. Yes, even bars.

Banned under most of the codes at the village are sleeveless shirts, sagging pants, exposed undergarments on men, profanity on clothing, excessively long shirts, athletic shorts after dark, sweat-suits and team jerseys now are OK. That’s about as reasonable as a business can get!

There are some restrictions that affect children. Minors must be accompanied by their legal guardians and no one under age 21 can enter the village after 9 p.m.

The Budweiser Brew House prohibits hats on the second level. That will please people who find the wearing of hats objectionable in a restaurant or bar.

ost of us have been exposed at one time or another to a restaurant that requires men to wear a jacket (sport coat). There still are some eating establishments that require men to wear ties!

We have eaten in very nice restaurants in this country and in foreign lands that have relaxed their dress codes, and they seem to have lost some of their class. And, it has nothing to do with the food.

We have commented before about the casual attire worn by some people at church. We are not aware of any church that has an official dress code. Undoubtedly, if a person’s attire is too offensive, that individual would be asked to leave, or not allowed in. Funeral homes don’t have dress codes. It used to be that people who attended wakes were dressed well. Now it is casual like so many other places. At funeral services, respect to the deceased is evident because usually people are well dressed.

oday one will find almost any kind of casual attire worn in some business places. Others still maintain a “well dressed” or proper dress code. Dress-down days on a regular basis are observed at many business places. Employees like those days. They can be tied into minor fund-raising events also.

When top executives wear casual attire it doesn’t always give a positive impression.

We have heard people say that when a restaurant has waiters dressed in tuxedoes it really adds class to the establishment. We agree.

Lawsuits have been filed when some places instituted dress codes. Plaintiffs in these lawsuits have claimed that the dress codes targeted African-Americans and it was alleged the codes were selectively enforced. The American Civil Liberties Union has been involved. The threat of lawsuits is another burden businesses face in today’s world.

We’ve gone too far in casual dress. The sloppy attire worn by some people of both sexes should be banned in some public and private places.

We salute the businesses in Ballpark Village that have dress codes. It used to be that proper dress was taught at home by parents, or older brothers and sisters. Now we have to rely on a few brave businesses for that teaching effort.

There is a place for casual wear just as there is a place for proper dress codes.